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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Feature Artist of the Week - RifRaf


RifRaf born 1965 in Hamilton, New Zealand is an figurative artist and painter based in New Zealand. Known for monumental images of large women.


During the early 1990s RifRaf reached a crisis point in life with a long period of obesity followed by a cycle of anorexia.Breaking free from this self destructive behaviour RifRaf produces art which glorifies the large woman.


RifRaf's work celebrates the beauty and strength that is Woman Proof that she doesn't have to be a perfect size 6 to feel and be strong, self-confident, and desirable.Happy in her voluptuousness and not afraid to flaunt it."This is ALL me and I love it !”


A self-taught artist. RifRaf cites primary influences as prehistoric venus figurines, and central American folk art.RifRaf has drawn regularly since childhood. And still always carries a sketch book, drawing, for example, customers in caf├ęs.

During the late 1990s RifRaf teamed with several musical groups, joining them on stage to paint as they played.

In mid-2007 RifRaf suffered a violent home-invasion during which many works in progress and stored completed works were destroyed.

2008 Featured on Air NZ in-flight entertainment 'highlights of New Zealand'.

RifRaf has been a contributing artist in all of the NZ Art Guilds collaborative art projects

RifRaf also contributed works to "Sukkot 5769" exhibition held in Jerusalem, Israel.

Contact RifRaf

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